Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Douglass was named the Oregon Marine Patrol Officer of the Year by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) for his outstanding service with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol section.
Deputy Douglass has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He began his career working in Corrections at the Lane County Jail, and has experience working in Community Corrections, Inmate Transport, Main Office Patrol, and on municipal contracts. He has been assigned to Marine Patrol for 4 years, promoting water safety through education and assisting with water rescues and other water related emergencies.
Deputy Douglass has focused on water safety awareness during his time in Marine Patrol to help community members and travelers recreate safely on our rivers and lakes. He works annually with local elementary and middle schools to provide water safety presentations to school age children in our community. Deputy Douglass also participates in providing free boat inspections in the spring to help boat owners ensure they have the proper safety equipment on their boat and to provide safe boating information. His dedication to our community and his proactive approach to water safety education made him a great candidate for this award, and the Sheriff’s Office is pleased to have him on our team.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol helps keep community members safe by patrolling waterways within the county including 45 lakes, 3 rivers, and 3 miles of the Oregon coast. The three positions assigned to Marine Patrol are funded entirely by the Marine Board. Boats and equipment used by Marine Patrol are owned by the Marine Board. For more information on boat safety, visit www.boatoregon.com.
Contact: Sergeant Carrie Carver, 541-682-4179